Get set for South America with Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises is about to make history, with the first-ever round trip itinerary to South America from Australia and New Zealand. The launch of the summer 2016/17 program includes long voyages to the likes of China, Japan, Hawaii and Tahiti, but it's the Circle South America ticket that's sure to catch the eye. With the Panama Canal and optional excursions to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands and Iguazu Falls on the itinerary, demand is certain to be high.
Never before have Australians and Kiwis been presented with this opportunity, with round-trip departures from Sydney (84 nights), Brisbane (89 nights) and Auckland (76 nights) in January 2017 on Sea Princess. This spectacular cruise holiday goes via the South Pacific and circumnavigates South America with 13 new ports of call. Here are just a few of the many highlights:
- After a day in Tahiti you move onto scenic cruising at Pitcairn Island before arriving at Easter Island, Chile, where the stone monoliths await.
- Santiago is your first stop on South America mainland, with photo opportunities at the Virgin Mary.
- Just five days later it's time for the Amalia Glacier of Chile and wildlife of the sea.
- The southern-most points of South America deliver breathtaking Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, with waterfalls, forests and mountains, before negotiating the former trade route of Cape Horn.
- You've stopped at the Falklands then continue to head north to Montevideo.
- Princess is providing overland excursions in port at Buenos Aires and Rio De Janeiro, but we recommend Copacabana Beach, of course.
- Salvador in Brazil is a tropical paradise, with the added bonus of Salvador Carnaval while you're there â€“ its moniker is â€˜the biggest street party in the world'!
- Barbados and Curaco bring an added Caribbean adventure to your cruise holiday.
- The Panama Canal is one of the most iconic spots on the planet, with Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Inca Empire of Peru still to come.
Overland excursions deliver that little bit extra
Princess will undoubtedly be hoping to attract a whole new generation of cruisers with this itinerary, which has been five years in the making. From the snow-capped Andes and Incan Ruins to glaciers, volcanoes and a world-famous street carnival, it's difficult to think of a more action-packed cruise holiday for Australians and New Zealanders. Additional excursions to the likes of Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands are also pushing back the boundaries of cruise travel, with 28 ports across 18 countries from Australia.
In safe hands on Sea Princess
Princess Cruises launched its first ship in Australia in 2002 and has since become the signature line for longer cruising. Five ships will be based in Australia and New Zealand, travelling from Sydney, Brisbane, Fremantle (Perth), Melbourne and Auckland, with 140 worldwide destinations on their menu.
Sea Princess is well known to cruise travellers Down Under and can house more than 2000 passengers. It's described as a large ship with small-ship intimacy across 14 decks. Favourite aspects include three freshwater pools, newly added retreat The Sanctuary, Movies Under the Stars and numerous casual and formal dining options.
Europe and Asia represent a record-breaking schedule
Also part of the summer 2016/17 program is a 42-night China & Japan cruise from Sydney and Brisbane on Dawn Princess, a 35-night Hawaii and Tahiti itinerary and a 29-night trip around Australia. Emerald Princess will be in Australia for the first time, with stop-offs in New Zealand and the South Pacific. There's also a voyage from England to Australia on Emerald Princess and company president for Australia and NZ, Stuart Allison, is confident the new global schedule will be a success.
"From unforgettable journeys across the world to shorter holidays exploring the beauty of the South Pacific and Australia, this program is packed with a record number of options which we think will really appeal" Mr Allison said.
Tickets already on sale
These cruises are now on sale and you can book here and be part of this ground breaking cruise. If this cruise doesn't spark your interest, there are plenty of other cruises which more than likely will on your cruise finding mission.